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General Jean Kahwaji (second on the right)
|Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces|
30 August 2008 – 8 March 2017
|Preceded by||Michel Suleiman|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Aoun|
23 September 1953 |
Ain Ebel, Nabatiye, Lebanon
|Alma mater||Lebanese Army Military Academy|
|Years of service||1973-2017|
Kahwaji joined the Lebanese army in 1973. He trained abroad, especially in the United States and Italy. He also underwent anti-terrorism training in Germany in 2006, as well as in Italy. He headed the army's 12th Infantry Brigade since 2002.. He also went to the Swedish military school in Boden Garrison in Sweden for terrain warfare during the 1990s.
On 30 August 2008, the Lebanese government appointed Brigadier-General Jean Kahwaji to be chief of the Lebanese Armed Forces, replacing Michel Suleiman, who became President of Lebanon in May 2008. He is the 13th chief officer in all of the army's 63 year history.
Jean Kahwaji is married to Marleine Sfeir. They have three children: Jad, Joanna and Joe. He is a Maronite Christian.
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|Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces
2008 – 2017